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Recommended Greases

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Fuels' started by GM Guy, May 13, 2008.

  1. GM Guy

    GM Guy Manual Trans. 2WD Enthusiast

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    What does everyone recommend for wheel bearing grease?

    What about gun grease for u-joints?

    I have heard bits and pieces about synthetic grease. is it any good? If good, I'd prefer it!

    Any help appreciated, thanks!
     
  2. busdriver75

    busdriver75 Busier than hell...

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    i don't think our u joints have grease zerks. i just use the same grease as we use in the rest of the farm equipment.

    EDIT: i see you have a 6.5. i'm not sure if you gusy have grease zerks on on your u joints. the duramaxes don't have them, although we all wish they did.
     
  3. GM Guy

    GM Guy Manual Trans. 2WD Enthusiast

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    Actually, I am replacing the u-joints on my 1991 gasser with greaseable ones. Yeah, neither the 91 nor the 95 came w/ them from the factory. :frown5:

    Thanks for the reply!
     
  4. btfarm

    btfarm 300,000 Worth Staff Member Moderator

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    All the PTO joints on the farm ever got was regular NGLI 2 same as chassis grease and I doubt if the truck u-joints are any more heavily loaded than some of the PTOs we've seriously abused around the farm...
     
  5. GM Guy

    GM Guy Manual Trans. 2WD Enthusiast

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    Who makes synthetic Grease? I would think they would be good for wheel bearings.
     
  6. 12ga diesel

    12ga diesel Jack of all, Master of none

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  7. DEERE3594

    DEERE3594 I welcome everyone...not just Penguins!

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    I use the 5 dollor a tube Lucas gress in my gun, I dont know if its syn or not..
     
  8. 03demax

    03demax New Member

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    I use Conklin's Parasynthetic grease. It will not mix with water and there is a guy with over 500,000 miles on his suburban front end parts that has used this grease. It is on my site www.tsperformancelubes.com
     
  9. GM Guy

    GM Guy Manual Trans. 2WD Enthusiast

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    Thanks for all the great replies and links everyone!
     
  10. Arkapigdiesel

    Arkapigdiesel Sasnakra Skcabrozar

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    Schaeffer's aluminum complex greases are the best I've ever used.
     
  11. schiker

    schiker Well-Known Member

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    Synthetic grease is just the oil portion the thickener or carrier is just as important I think. Not sure what all is compatiable though.

    What are ya'll saying is a good grease? water resistance, extreme pressure characteristics, temp range, stickyness/tack, oil drop out?

    I like some moly in my chasis grease as its some of the best EP additives. But gm seems to recommend lithium? thickeners.

    There is a Timken load test that is suppose to measure the greases ability to stay put under squeeze loading I believe. The higher the number the better ability to stay put and not get squished out.

    TRC grease Texas refinery corporation is suppose to be real good but they only sell full cases so its expensive for us diyers.

    I usually get Valvoline synpower or Mobile syn. Just becasue it seems to be the best of the choices at the stores I get it. But imagine "Caterpillar", TRC, or some equipment recommendation grease or similar would be better for ball joints, tierods etc. Wheel bearing or ujoint grease I would tend to stay with automotive type like Valvoline / Mobile.
     
  12. GM Guy

    GM Guy Manual Trans. 2WD Enthusiast

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    yeah, I ended up going with Valvoline Grease that met GM specs from NAPA.
     
  13. schiker

    schiker Well-Known Member

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    Ok so today was at a different Carquest and they had multiple Valvoline greases:

    Crimson™
    Cerulean®
    Palladium®

    I bought the Palladium because it said it met Caterpillar recommendations for 3% moly type grease.

    They also showed a Valvoline Optimum Choice™ Grease on thier website but have never seen it retail.

    I would like to know what same data is for any of these greases and which is the best chasis grease for our trucks.
     
  14. Ed HD

    Ed HD Formerly: Dad's 05 LLY

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    Amsoil Heavy Duty grease is the shit.

    /thread :D
     

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